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Forget Flying Cars: We Need Floating Ones

​ Waterways like rivers, lakes, and canals were the original interstates; most of the world’s greatest cities were harbor towns that were able to capitalize on their access to shipping. Well into the early 20th century, urbanites got around on water. In most cities, however, the rise of trains and cars, the development of more extensive bridge networks, and the general emphasis on terrestrial mass transit caused a steep decline in ferry ridership. Many intra-urban passenger ferry networks were out... Read more

Five Big Ideas to Better Integrate Nature Into Cities

In a discussion about the role of nature in cities, leading voices on ecological urbanism from six continents including artists, architects, planners, designers and ecologists all took the stage to share their vision of how to better integrate nature into cities. Here are five big ideas from the talks. Read more... Read more

Cultural Corridor Consortium Grants

Transportation for America is seeking to award $50,000 (each) to creative placemaking projects in three cities that engage residents, attract the attention of local public works and transportation agencies, and spark new conversations that bring more people to the table to plan and implement new transportation investments. T4America is especially committed to funding collaborative projects that expand transportation opportunities and local control for low-income people, recent immigrants, and people of color living in communities that have experienced disproportionate disinvestment and... Read more

Cycling Success: 10 U.S. Cities Pushing Biking Forward

​ When it comes to designing cities for cycling, the United States lags behind other countries. The U.S. boasts 4 million miles of roads, but fewer than 200 miles of protected bike lanes. But while our car-friendly country may have plenty of ground to make up, there has still been progress. In 43 of our 70 largest cities, cycling rates are rising, and a number of ambitious plans show cities embracing the health, environmental, and social benefits of cycling. These... Read more

The Greening of Minnesota’s Urban Rooftops

​ Vegetative roofs have become more common as developers and building owners go green to save money and reduce their environmental footprints. For communities, green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff into sewer systems. For building owners, they can cut energy consumption by acting as a buffer against the sun, slicing air conditioning costs and roof maintenance. Read more... Read more
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